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8 minutes minute read12 Aug 2019

Things to Do In and Around Johannesburg – Top Tours and Activities

THE RED CITY SIGHTSEEING HOP ON HOP OFF BUS: 

This is one of the best ways to relax and enjoy all that Johannesburg city and Soweto has to offer.  You can cruise the city and enjoy the sights with an amusing and informative commentary in a variety of languages, and ‘Hop Off’, explore that venue, and ‘Hop Back On’.   Thoroughly enjoyable and you can enjoy the sights in your own time.  

Blog - Jozi On A Red Sightseeing Bus 

Full Day Tour - Johannesburg Hop on Hop Off Red Bus 

Johannesburg and Soweto Sightseeing Bus 

JOHANNESBURG AND SOWETO 

Another way to experience the unique city of Johannesburg and its partner city Soweto is on an organized tour. Get to learn about the days of the gold rush, the devastation and hard ships of the Apartheid era, enjoy the colour and sizzle of Soweto, cross from Braamfontein to Newtown on the Mandela Bridge and see some of the Art Deco and Colonial buildings that were built in the hay day of the gold barons of Johannesburg. 

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Day Tour - Johannesburg, Soweto And The Apartheid Museum 

Half Day Tour - Soweto 

Half Day Tour - Johannesburg and Soweto 

Full Day Tour - Soweto, Apartheid Museum and Lunch 


Apartheid Museum near Gold Reef City

CRADLE OF HUMANKIND AND STERKFONTEIN CAVES 

A short one-hour drive and you are in the heart of the Unesco World Heritage Site that has produced some the world’s most astonishing Paleontological finds. The Sterkfontein Valley has over 40 fossil sites, some still to be fully explored. Visit the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Museum. 

Blog - Cradle of Humankind 

Full Day Tour - Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein Caves 

Half Day Tour - Cradle of Humankind 

The Entrance of Maropeng Visitors Centre and Museum in The Cradle of Humankind

MAGALIESBERG 

The incomparable Magaliesberg has magnificent scenery, loads of activities and some great restaurants. If it’s the country-side you want to explore this is a good choice. You can take a boat on the Hartebeespoort Dam, take the Cable Car and hike at the top of the Magalies Range, zipline through the canopy, settle in for a pricy by magnificent good lunch at The Conservatory Restaurant in De Hoek Country Hotel.  There are many choices of eateries in this little haven. 

Blog - Magnificent Magaliesberg 

Full Day Tour - Magaliesberg Meander 

Half Day Tour - Magaliesberg Canopy Tree Zipline 

The Canopy Tour in the Magalesberg

THE PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK – BIG 5 SAFARI 

If you only have one day and you want to experience the wonder of an African Safari, the Pilanesberg National Park is only 2h30 minutes away.  The 550 square kilometre park with 200 kilometres of road, is centered around an extinct volcano and is home to 7000 animals and 360 bird species. Your journey around this malaria free, relatively compact park is sure to yield good sightings of some of the Big 5 [elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo].  On an organized tour your guide can read the bush and take you to the best places to view animals. 

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Day Safari - Open Vehicle Safari to Pilanesberg 

Full Day - Private Safari to Pilanesberg 

Game Drive in Open Safari Vehicle in the Pilansberg National Park

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – THE BIG 5 

You have one-day and you really want to see the world-renowned Kruger National Park. It is do-able.  The park is just over 4 hours from Johannesburg and you will need to leave at 5am but you will get to spent about 7 hours in one of the world’s last Edens. Kruger National Park is one of the largest Game Reserves in Africa and It is now part of The Great Limpopo Frontier Park. It is about the size of Israel and is home to an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino (black and white).  That is just the Big 5!! There are thousands of antelope, birds, hippo, crocodiles, hyena, and so much more.  

Day Safari - Kruger National Park From Johannesburg 

Lion Sighting in Kruger National Park

PRETORIA AND CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE 

Pretoria is a short 45-minute drive north of Johannesburg. It is the Administrative Capital of South Africa and boasts three universities. It is known as Jacaranda City because from late September to October the blooms turn the city into a purple/blue picture.  Just over half an hour away is the Cullinan Diamond Mine. It is renowned as a source of large, high-quality gem diamonds and is the world’s most important source of very rare blue diamonds.Cullinan earned its place in history with the discovery of the Cullinan diamond in 1905, the largest rough gem diamond ever found at 3,106 carats, which was cut to form the two most important diamonds in the British Crown Jewels.  

Full Day Tour - Pretoria and Cullinan Diamond Mine 

Half Day Tour - Pretoria City 

Full Day Tour - Cullinan Diamond Mine and Pretoria 

Jacaranda Lined Street In Pretoria

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LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE

An hour to the north west of Johannesburg and you can immerse yourself in the local culture at Lesedi Cultural Village.  Learn about the different styles of homes and dress of the cultural groups, and feel the floor vibrate to the thier vibrant dances. 

Zulu Dancers Pounding the Floor in a Spectacular Dance

Half Day Tour - Lesedi Cultural Village 

 

GARDENS IN THE CITY

For an escape from the city, this full day tour is dedicated to visiting three of the most prominent gardens in and around Johannesburg: Mushroom Farm park, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens & Montecasino Bird Gardens.  Johannesburg is feted as being the largest urban man-made forest in the world. 

Full Day Tour - Gardens in the City 

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

 

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Best burger in Cape town

The mother city ‘Cape Town’ home to the iconic Table Mountain and an ever-growing creation of not only hipsters and their unique culture, but also great burger joints. To pick a favorite or claim one as the best, is dependent on personal taste. Each one has a unique flavor combination and creative flare.

 

Best burgers in Johannesburg

With a country so rich and diverse in culture and history it’s no wonder we have so many varieties of burgers. From your standard cheese burger, to creative ‘beast’ burgers to burgers with a south African twist and just about everything in between, you will find it in South Africa.

 

Things To Do In And Around Cape Town - Top Tours and Activities

You are spoilt for choice for things to do in Cape Town! However there are a few places that would be a great shame to miss. I have put together a list of some of the best and MOST FUN tours to take.

 

Six Dogs Gin Distillery Has Style

The gin wave rolls and “Six Dogs” rides the crest. Craft Gin is experiencing a renaissance in South Africa and re-inventing the always popular traditional Gin and Tonic, into a new hip and trendy drink. Our local craft gins are inspired by our natural vegetation and have developed some creative natural infusions to excite and please the pallet. Six Dogs three Signature Gins score high amoung the best.

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Here are some great tours we recommend

 

Bush Volunteer Program - Endangered Species Camp (Makalali Game Reserve - South Africa)

A unique experience in the African bush that gives you the opportunity to observe and be a part of the research and monitoring teams on the reserve. Special focus on elephants, lions & hyenas

R 7,213 7 Days

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Soweto Tour - Half Day

Our guides are local and will entertain and show you the real Soweto. Experience the photogenic bustling Soweto with a local. This is the best value for money half day tour in South Africa right now!

R 720 5 Hours

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Amandla Tour – South Africa’s untold freedom story

A story-telling journey through Joburg and Soweto, led by the characters of Walter Sisulu, Ruth First or Elias Motsoaledi. Learn about the country’s liberation, visit Mandela’s office (weekdays only), Liliesleaf Farm, two memorial sites, and more!

R 2,595 9 Hours

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The Okavango Delta Music Festival - 29th August 2019

Experience a most unique and fun music and arts festival in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, and not only have fabulous amounts of fun….but through your participation, be a part of uplifting the Tsutsubega rural community.

R 1,250 3 Days

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